Alamo John UK wrote:That is without doubt one of the best pictures of the Waynamo I've ever seen, does the original show the whole church or is it trimmed like on the web page ?
Nefarious wrote:Right on, Chaska! You've said it all, man. That image that you just posted of the Waynamo chapel facade... it's calling out to me---as it does each and every time my gaze falls upon it. As it stands now, the old facade does not represent any phase of Alamo film history. The PRICE OF FREEDOM paint job and styrofoam upper niche bases are gone, leaving the facade to look kind of stubby and bloated looking. And those pieces of wood that yet remain in those upper niches make the chapel's face look a little sleepy. Ybarra indeed knew what he was doing when he left the upper windows open and the upper niches, base-less. Without bases, the longer upper niches sort of drew out the face of the chapel, giving it an altogether unique expression, while the open upper windows endowed the place with a certain grace. That lump of concrete that the BANDOLERO crew slapped up in haste to try and satisfy Happy remains both a disgrace and a distraction.
Chaska wrote:My admiration for Al Ybarra and his ingenious set continues to grow deeper as time passes, even though I was profoundly impressed and fell in love with it the first time I saw it. The more I perceive and learn about it the more there is to appreciate. To me, it's always been the biggest "star" of the film, and I'll be glad to share some insights and pictures of it here as time permits.
Most "imperfect" copies of the facade of the church only enhance the disconnect between them and the "magic" of the original, but somehow Ybarra's church, though clearly not a literal copy, achieves its own "magic" and uniqueness - qualities the real Alamo has in over-abundance that seem to be the result of some sort of "sacred geometry." After all these years I still don't know how he did it, because any "tweaking" of the elements and their relationships (messing with the "sacred geometry"), usually makes the "magic" go "pop," and disappear. At the risk of sounding too high-fallutin' about this, I think Ybarra's facade was, by intention or accident, so finely-balanced and complete a design through most of the film, that by the end of it, the damage and changes to it already wrecked the "sacred geometry" for me, and it never has had the same "look" and power since.
Nef posted an opaque watercolor of the facade I painted in the 70's and mentioned I did it to show that with not too much effort, the facade could have been restored to its film appearance at that time. I never did make the pitch to Happy, and I'm not sure he would have understood that a slight re-shaping of the "repaired" parapet over the center window could make any difference worth the effort. I think the underlying "magic" is still inherent in the remaining facade though, and could be "turned on" again if a fastidious attempt were made to reinstate the look and details of Ybarra's original design.
alamobill wrote:The combination of Al Ybarra's set and Dimitri Tiomkin's music score are hard to beat.
Nefarious wrote:Alamo John UK wrote:That is without doubt one of the best pictures of the Waynamo I've ever seen, does the original show the whole church or is it trimmed like on the web page ?
Curious how we're all seeing different 'versions' of the forum display. (My brother Rob says that he is unable to view any images.) The photo is untrimmed, John, and even includes part of the palisade. I myself am very un-saavy as to website set-up tools, so I can't help you there. While I do have a wide-screen monitor, I don't think that this has anything to do with it. Does anyone have any suggestions, or similar problems like my brother's, or Alamo John's?
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